Details for Fairview (Atlas Number 5493001550)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5493001550

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Marker Number 1550
Atlas Number 5493001550
Marker Title Fairview
Index Entry Fairview
Address FM 536 & 2505, Fairview
City Fairview
County Wilson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 565687
UTM Northing 3220673
Subject Codes graveyards; settlements; law enforcement; rangers; cotton; ghost towns
Marker Year 1988
Designations
Marker Location From Floresville, take FM 536 west 12 miles to intersection with FM 2505.
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Near this crossroads was once the flourishing community of Fairview. The village began shortly after the Civil War, when Henry Hudson opened a store on the Old Oakville Road. A post office was established in the store in 1868. Fairview grew to include homes, churches, doctors' offices, a blacksmith shop, cotton gin, public school, Masonic Lodge, and telephone exchange. The area's economy was based on agriculture, and the main crop was cotton. The advent of the boll weevil and other pests which attacked the cotton crop played a large part in the eventual decline of the town following World War I. Fairview was the hometown of twenty-seven Texas peace officers, including twenty Texas Rangers. Among the Rangers was Frank Hamer (1884-1955), who is best remembered for his role in pursuing notorious Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Still remaining and in use in the area is the Fairview Cemetery, originally called the Rock Church Cemetery due to its position next to a Methodist church built in the 1870s. With grave markers dating from the 1860s, it is one of the few remaining physical reminders of the town. (1988)